Monday, April 2

445a-2 fr eggs, 2 sl bacon, s chicken sausage, c reg, supps
6a-c reg w/ 2T coconut milk
630a-taught class, did nice easy squats during downtime (BW & front, back, OH w/ 12-lb versabar)
730a-2c reg w/ 2T coconut milk
930a-stir fry w/ ground pork sausage, 2c decaf w/ 2T coconut milk
1030a-mobility mania
215p-chicken leg & thigh, 2c decaf w/ 2T coconut milk, supps
515p-3oz ham steak, 2T Sunbutter w/ 2T coconut flakes, supps
830p-c senna tea

Look ma, no carbs! And felt just fine all day. Why do it? Dropping carbs sheds off water weight, shows off a little more definition than usual, and that "fake progress" always gives me a little extra motivation to keep nutrition where it should be. I feel like I need a little extra help during my last close week of tax season, which could potentially be all kinds of stressful thanks to the other staff accountant's impending baby (his wife is due 4/6). I'm also two weeks before vacation, with a busy weekend between that doesn't leave me much spare time to pack. Oh, and 5 days after returning from vacation, I'm modeling, but need to pick out the clothes this week or next. So many reasons to hit it hard!

Pulls: 5x4 - I intended to do 5 sets, but I believe I forgot the last one.

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed. Slept solidly, but Hop came home shortly after I crawled in, and I was wide awake at 4a. Feel pretty good despite this, but will sleep in tomorrow.

Rehab: More baby steps of improvement!

Habit: Wearing a super flattering dress and focusing on posture = happier day.

Misc: Awww, apparently Noonan Sport Specialists is 5 years old. That kicks ass! I frankly can't imagine where I'd be without NSS.

This is how I picture Mike & Dustin spending their time 5 years ago, before things got so insanely busy:

(And they really do.)

Happiness: Journaling based on this post.
Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable.  Forrest Gump knows the deal.  It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan.  It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
Ah, here's something I struggle with. Running is my stress relief, my time of mental recharging and meditation and zoning out. What happens when that's taken away because of an injury? I have more stress than normal, because I'm injured and freaking out, and now I have also lost my best source of stress release. It makes me into a total fucking basket case. (One that I'm sure Dustin has often wanted to grab the handle of and toss over the railing.) I run further and further down dark alleys, convinced the world is ending, the sky is falling, my life will never be what I want it to be. And how many god damn times do I have to put myself through this before I realize that it's never that bad?

Dealing with the grief of losing Boston is a prime example; I totally fell apart and was on the edge of tears 24/7 for a while there. But I do think I'm improving from where I once was. I'm learning to take a step backward and see everything from a 10,000-foot view much sooner than I used to do.

Like right now, I'm expecting it'll be May before I get to run for even 2 minutes again, and that really fucking sucks, and one year ago I would've been so focused on that that I wouldn't see a lick of benefit from it. But now, I'm aware that these rest days will do me a world of good: a full week training break (when we go to Boston) is something I haven't done since I started regularly working out about 4 years ago; I have a lot of downtime to read, to clean my house, to hang with friends, to work (oops), to watch TV; all that rest between lifting sessions means amazing recovery; I'm doing way more mobility work AND hanging with Joy at the same time; and forced time off running always helps me rediscover my absolute joy and delight when I can return.

This round, my coping strategies seem to revolve around lifting and reading. But with some injuries, lifting is also a problem, so I do need to work on more outlets. Once tax season ends I can add in yardwork or bike rides or just taking the kits outside for fresh air. I think I'm going to make it after all!


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